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>>> good morning. more misery as the northeast still reels from the impact of sandy. a new threat, another storm headed to the region next week. bad news for millions of desperate residents. near hi 4 million people still without power. gas lines are growing even longer, and they areves are getting even more frayed. >>> four days to go, president obama arrives in ohio overnight and governor romney heads there as well as both camps brace for this morning's all-important jobs report and the impact of sandy looms large over election day. >>> and walk this way. new yorkers in need of a lift are about to get one on our plaza. the countdown has begun for aerosmith's first ever morning show concert today, friday, november 2nd, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. this has been a hard week around here, but it's nice to have something to smile about this morning. aerosmith here on th
>>> it is the last thing we need, people slammed by sandy now dealing with a nasty new storm of gusty winds, rain, and snow. >> compromise or confrontation? both sides in congress promise to work together to head off fiscal disaster, even as they disagree over how to do it. >> and up in the air. we're going on two days now since the election with several house races still too close to call. it is not over yet, everyone. good morning. welcome to "early start," everyone. >> nice to have you with us. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. up first, we're going to start with mother nature. she is showing absolutely no mercy. this morning the northeast is getting rocked again. it is a powerful nor'easter pounding a region already devastated by superstorm sandy. 600,000 people without power for nine days in new york and new jersey. some forced to evacuate or hunker down overnight in the face of 60 mile an hour winds, two to four foot storm surge and a half foot of snow. more than 1,000 flights were canceled in new york and philadelphia. the path train between new jersey and new york is back
since hurricane sandy forever changed the east coast and so many lives along it with. the recovery effort and how the storm is impacting polling stations. that's coming up. >> we've got a packed show for you this morning, four hours. among our guests, rob portman will be joining us, maryland congressman chris van hollen, pat tomby, arizona senator john mccain is with us. former treasury secretary larry summers is our guest. obama campaign deputy manager stephanie cutter, former white house press secretary bill burden all joining us this morning. and we're counting down the final hours of a marathon battle for the white house, just too close to call today. this morning after 17 months of campaigning and $3 billion spent, it has come down to this. a brand new cnn/orc vote of likely voters released last night shows that mitt romney and president obama are in a tie, 49% apiece. both candidates are targeting the must-win swing states on this final full day of campaigning. the president accompanied by rocker bruce springsteen holding rallies in madison, wisconsin, columbus, ohio, des moi
a marathon in the wake of sandy? >> people wanted it canceled. when it was announced it was being canceled i asked police officers what they felt about it and they responded in unison "good." now a girl we spoke to earlier, you got choked up, you're very emotional that the marathon would be run. what is your reaction? >> i am relieved. the right people are here taking care of what needs to be focused on witches for the city and staten island who is the unknn borough. >> since it isnown that was heard. the smallest voice was the largest today. what would you say to michael bloomberg about the decision to cancel? >> thank you. take care much because now the officials can pay attention to what needs to be done. the cleanup and get people back and make a new staten island. >> really quick, what the people need now, they need cleaning supplies, gloves to protect their hands as they cleanup, if you're going to make donations people have been driving down here droppg stuff off, that is the kind of stuff they need now. gerri: what is the gas situation now? >> we stay put where we are in the beach ar
sacrificed more time away from the campaign to focus squarely on the federal response to hurricane sandy. the president maintains that the recovery effort continues to be his number one priority. you can watch the president's entire remarks streaming live on foxnews.com. >> gregg: today is the last day for early voting in state of florida. florida has seen record turnout for both early and absentee ballots. steve harrigan is live with more on that. hi, steve. >> three hours left of early voting here in florida and turnout has been strong throughout the state. polling place in tampa linings are about hour long but some reports are four or five hours in miami-dade. 4 million people have voted early or by absentee ballot. the period for early voting is shorter this year than it was a year ago, just eight days this year. it was 14 days last year. some county election officials have asked for an extra day sunday for early voting the so far the governor has said, no, it's not going to happen. this country, hillsborough has been a bellwether, they have gone with every presidential winner since
that magic number. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. one week since hurricane sandy and many victims saying they will get to the polls, come hell or high water. or in this case, both. but where will their polling places be? the scramble on the east coast ahead. >> this morning stephanie cutter from the obama campaign is going to be joining us, pennsylvania senator pat toomey is our guest, maryland congressman chris van hollen will be with us. arizona senator john mccain, the former white house press secretary bill burton and former treasury secretary larry summers all joining us this morning. and former mccain campaign adviser mark mckinney is with us. it's monday, november 5th, and a special edition of "starting point" live from the nation's capital begins right now. welcome, everybody. in 24 hours the campaign promises and those commercials finally stop and the american people will pick a president. this morning, a brand-new cnn/orc poll of likely voters have mitt romney and president obama in a dead heat, 49% apiece. both candidates are canvassing the critical swing states on this final
will continue. >>> new developments in a long and difficult recovery from superstorm sandy here in the northeast. new york city and long island have now joined new jersey in imposing a gas rationing system. >> incredible. >> the odd/even day rationing is based on license plate numbers. mayor bloomberg and governor cuomo say it's designed to shrink extremely long gas lines and get the fuel supply back to normal. >> poor folks. fema is sending trailers into some of the areas hardest-hit by superstorm sandy. craig fugate says they have several hundred mobile homes that are available to help all the displaced residents in new york and new jersey. he said at least 40 trailers have already been dispatched. new york and new jersey officials will determine where the houses will be placed. >>> and ten days after the storm, hundreds of thousands of people in new york and new jersey, still in the dark. on long island the power authorities' inability to get the lights turned on in flood areas has new york's governor andrew cuomo just really ticked off. listen. >> they were specialized in doing this. and we
forward with their cleanup from hurricane sandy, we're going to ask the question how will that storm impact voter turnout in parts of the country tomorrow? >> and, of course, sandy still fresh in our minds and our hearts. people still trying to recover an dig out. there's a new storm targeting the region in the coming days. we want to get right to al roker who is on hard-hit stinld with more on that. good morning, al. >> good morning, savannah. house after house, instead of cars in the garage or the driveway, they have boats, and they are planning to get some of these boats out of here starting today, but that may be hampered by an oncoming nor'easter which normally we wouldn't be that worried about, but because of the weakened beaches and infrastructure this could be a big, big problem. let's take a look at where it's starting off. tomorrow morning around 8:00 a.m. it's in florida. so it's causing problems for maybe the voting in florida, especially in northern and central florida. as we make our way up the day tomorrow, we see it along the carolina coastline. by wednesday morning i
. the immense damage from hurricane sandy forcing an election day scramble. people voting by e-mail and different polling stations and in some cases literally moving the earth to have their voices heard. >> joining us throughout the morning, congressman randy forbes of virginia, delaware governor jack markell, jim clyburn, obama campaign senior adviser david axelrod, bob mcdonald, ted strickland and bob shrum, a democratic consult and the who worked on the kerry and gore campaigns. special election coverage here on cnn begins right now. >>> it is up to the american people right now. good morning and welcome to our special edition of "early start." we have complete 4ri6 coverage of election day 2012. over the past 17 months we've watched two campaign spend a combined $3 billion, two candidates duel it out in three dramatic debates, all trying to win your vote. now more than 1 million campaign commercials later, 1 million campaign commercials later, the polls are opening. voting is beginning in parts of vermont. mitt romney not letting up on this election day. he's added two fina
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the lights from going out when the next sandy hits. that could hit everyone's >> forget the pick cliff. are we about to go over the climate cliff? al gore calling for a carbon tax to be part of the negotiations. he said it will help fight global warming and keep individual tax rates low. wayne, you're cold on this global warming idea and the tax. why? >> well, he's a politician. he's not a climate thomas. it's like asking barney frank to be an expert on bank, although he wrote a banking bill. they're implicating unnecessarily -- they've got a problem already. you're talking about the fiscal cliff, which has to do with taxes and has to do with income and has to do with things that have nhing to do with the climate whatsoever. so to inject this into there to make it unnecessarily economicked and if they did, somebody has got to p for it and they got to figure out some way to do it. this is just makg a mess out of something that's already too difficult to solve. >> who ends up paying for it? companies most likely. i mean, we like to tax really wealthy folks and like to tax companies, espe
live to the key battleground states. >>> and how will superstorm sandy affect the election as new york and new jersey brace for another big storm tomorrow? >> but we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >> we're one day away if a fresh start. one day away from the first day of a new beginning. >> it all comes down to you. it's out of my hands now. it's in yours. all of it depends on what you do. >> polls open as america picks a president. >> new hampshire. the first in the nation to cast their ballots. >> this has never happened before in dixville. we have a tie. >> this race is close. >> ohio is the battleground of all the battleground states. >> it's coming down to one thing, turnout. which side gets their voters to the polls. >> all of a sudden, pennsylvania. mitt romney on election day will visit pittsburgh. >> you see pennsylvania turning red, it's over. >> we're not taking anything for granted. pennsylvania has tightened, absolutely. >> if you have a single working class female suburban undecided voter in your home, cover her with plywoo
more customers after super storm sandy. >> it was easy. here it was empty. it's empty. >> jon: the struggle to bounce back. >> god heard my prayers. >> the baby who came back from the dead. but first we begin with breaking news, a leveling buildings in springfield, massachusetts. fox 25 out of boston. officials say there was a gas leak in the area. witnesses reported windows shattering, brings flies, even a mushroom cloud rising above the epicenter of the explosion. folks say they felt and heard the boom from miles away. abulbasher of in people had significant injuries. we are told several buildings were damaged including a scores gentlemen's club right at the center of the blast. our chief fox report correspondent jonathan hunt is live with the news. we are told, jonathan, there was trouble shortly before the blast. >> yeah, john. about 4:20 eastern, this afternoon, there was, in the words of one local reporter. a real stench of gas in the several blocks surrounding what turned out to be the site of the bomb's blast in downtown springfield, massachusetts. utility workers were
headed decision. >> brian: people weighing up in the cold without power thanks to sandy. incredible images you are looking at are have from stat ten island, new york where the death toll has risen to 22. >> everything is replaceable. the people -- i can't replace my family. dave briggs joins us on the ground in staten island where it's still quite cold. what do you see. >> freezing. devastating here driving through the neighborhood. it's heart-breaking. i just spoke with the local police officer from the nypd. he rolled down his window and couldn't speak on camera. he had tears in his eyes just driving through this neighborhood. staten island is what one state senator calls ground zero for sandy damage. if you look around, you can find out why. what once was a very popular restaurant is utterly devastated. the street has been wiped out. there is a massive pit in front of that restaurant. power lines laying on the ground. entire neighborhoods have really been utterly destroyed. wiped away. you look at the sidewalks all over staten island. they are just lined with trash. think are lin
the immense damage from hurricane sandy forcing an election-day scramble, and now another nor'easter could add to the misery and all the confusion. we are tracking the storm. >>> joining us throughout the morning for our special coverage, south carolina congressman jim clyburn, obama campaign senior adviser david axelrod. virginia governor bob mcdonnell. former ohio governor ted strickland. texas congressman jeb hensarling and bob shrum, a democratic consultant who worked on the kerry and gore campaigns. it is tuesday, november 6th, election day. "starting point" is coming to you live from washington, d.c., and we begin right now. >> welcome, everybody, you're watching a special edition of starting point and cnn's live coverage of election day 2012. the two candidates have been talking for about 17 months now and now it's the american people who will have the final say. these are the states with polls that are opening right now. state of delaware, state of florida, state of georgia, illinois, kansas, louisiana, maryland, massachusetts, michigan, missouri, pennsylvania, rhode i
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candid it's as that day approaches. hurricane sandy aftermath. five days and, and tempers are flaring. frustration is building as gas lines grow longer and longer and longer. grocery store shelves are going bare, and s.i. is growing desperate. the balance of power, governor romney calls for change and bipartisanship in the nation's capital. who will actually control the senate and the house? we take that up in tonight's we take that up in tonight's choctaw. [hip-hop music] ♪ - ♪ what's wrong with the world, mama ♪ ♪ people livin' like they ain't got no mamas ♪ ♪ i think the whole world's addicted to the drama ♪ ♪ only attracted to the things that'll bring the trauma ♪ ♪ yeah, madness is what you demonstrate ♪ ♪ and that's exactly how anger works and operates ♪ ♪ man, you gotta have love just to set it straight ♪ ♪ take control of your mind and meditate ♪ ♪ let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all ♪ - ♪ people killing people dng ♪ ♪ children hurt and you hear them cryin' ♪ ♪ can you practice what you preach ♪ ♪ would you turn
the buckeye state could take weeks. >>> and in the aftermath of superstorm sandy, new jersey is allowing voting by e-mail, or by fax. new york is permitting voters in disaster areas to cast ballots at any polling place in the entire state. cnn correspondents are all across the map today, in those key battleground states. john berman has more on that for us this morning. good morning. >> good morning, soledad. you know, in new hampshire polls have been open for just over an hour. but voters in dixville notch got a head start. at midnight they cast the first in the nation ballots. really the first to be counted. there were just ten of them. president obama got five votes, mitt romney also got five votes. a tie and that has never happened before. now, not to be outdone, another new hampshire town also voted at midnight, harts location new hampshire, they reinstated 9 practice in 1996. they started it back in the 1940s. the result there this year, president obama with 23 votes, mitt romney with 9 votes. our david mattingly is live in bedford, new hampshire, this morning, where they are alrea
? >>> superstorm sandy also affecting your vote. it's hard to get to the polls when you can't gas up your car. >>> and rg3, the fabulous rookie, may have lost the game for the redskins, but he could have decided the election. have decided the election. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning, thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. just a warning, mitt romney will begin speaking any moment in sanford, florida. that's near orlandorlando. when mitt romney takes the mike we'll take you to florida live. on with the newscast. counting down and knotted up just hours before americans head to the polls, a presidential race that's too close to call. according to our new cnn/orc poll barack obama and mitt romney are tied at 49% among likely voters. today that has both men racing across key battleground states. here's a look at the rest of his day. as you can see in red, he then travels on to virginia, ohio and new hampshire. president obama in blue goes from wisconsin to all important ohio. and finally to iowa. we have cnn crews scattered across th
romney. and another issue that people were interested in hurricane sandy 42 percent of the reponce to the storm was important to them. and 15 percent said it was the most important thing. >> steve: hurricane sandy was the most important thing. >> gretchen: that is startling that is where politics ended up one photoopcan make 15 percent of the people say that is the most important reason to vote. >> brian: but the recovery hasn't gone well. i saw that the president did not get as much as the youth vote. and the turn out was lower. but he made it up in other places. >> it was 19 percent in 2012. >> steve: what else you have got. >> right track and wrong track. 52 percent of the ones we spoke to said the country is on the wrong track but voting in president obama? and 46 percent said the country was going in the right direction. >> gretchen: why, they are blaming george bush. that was effective campaign strategy. >> i have to look down at all of the numbers. 53 percent said they blamed bush for the current economic problems and 38 percent blamed president obama. >> steve: it sounds li
were outpacing our 2008 daily totals, however, before hurricane sandy hit. so some of the residual impact of hurricane sandy had an impact on us. but to have 230 hours of early voting and 207 of those 230 were during business hours, we had four less weekends to vote this year. than we did in 2008. and working class people, how are you able to make it to the board of elections to vote between 8:00 and 5:00? we did not have our extended day work hours. but despite all of that, ohio delivered for the president just as i knew we would. >> all right. well, i know the election's over. you've been a great guest on this hour. let's make this more of an occurring process. great to have you on. >> thank you, sir. >>> there is no way that claire mccaskill can survive. you know what happened? you proved them wrong. >> i want you to know i will stand up for you and i ask you to work with me to move our state forward. >> -- the negative ads. it will once again strengthen. >> and despite the odds, you elected the first woman senator to the state of massachusetts. >> a big night winning moments of
during an unseasonably cold spell in the northeast. adding to the damage left by hurricane sandy. a nor'easter blew through the east coast yesterday, dumping snow and rain on a region that's barely begun to dig out from sandy. we've got new pictures from staten island where several inches of wet snow are threatening to topple already weakened trees. power was knocked out to some 60,000 homes in newark and new jersey overnight. many of which had just had their service restored after many days in the dark. there's also renewed headaches for millions of commuters as passenger trains grind to a halt, and at least 1,300 flights are kept at the gates at the airports. let's go to meteorologist bill karins for a look at what is unfolding here. bill. >> good morning. before i get to the details, talking about joe's point there, nine days apart between these two events. i can almost guarantee you go back through history of hurricane landfalls, and i don't think any area has ever seen a snowstorm nine days after they dealt with a storm surge like we had with sandy. i mean, it's just ridiculous tha
hit by hurricane sandy. sam, you were out there last week. this one's coming now. >> all eyes are rightfully focused on this storm. moving into an area that's been pounded by a really large storm. this may be a garden variety nor'easter, but it carries with it very cold air. watch this low get into position and get into place. we'll freeze it at the critical times. it starts with a rain and snow mix in d.c. and in philly and new york city. right around coastal areas, we're hoping for a changeover to rain here. that means it will knock down the snow totals. you won't be able to measure this as a big snow event on the coast. but inland areas will continue to pile up with the snow. watch that low continue to pull away, and know that this is a mixture of snow and rain, right along the coast. all snow inland and a little coastal surf along the shoreline. it's tough enough to ride out a nor'easter in the far rackaways, when you have everything you need. but without homes and without clothes and without foods, it's very difficult. and ginger zee is there. good morning, ginger. >> goo
to superstorm sandy which knocked out electricity to nearly 1 million customers. the resignation announcement comes one day after governor andrew cuomo ordered a commission to investigate how utility companies handle the disaster. how about poorly. >> flipping pages on the calendar, you know what? december 31st was my out date. "usa today" a crucial test on wall street for the social networking giant facebook. more than 750 million shares of the facebook ipo become unlocked. they are available for sale, sparking fears of a massive selloff. facebook, by the way, has lost about half its value since it went public in may. apparently no zuckerberg public sightings today. >> that's because general petraeus used e-mail instead of facebook. >> exactly. >> "new york times," france is now considering a plan to arm opposition forces in syria after becoming the first western power to fully recognize the rebel coalition. it's seen as an effort to help align anti-government fighters whose lack of unity is blamed in part for helping president al asad stay in power. >> and from our parade of papers, "the ch
the east coast just as it tries to clean up from sandy. danielle, good morning. >> hi, how are you today? i know so many people are amped up about today and anticipating this day for a very long time. we've been bringing you your election forecast and up into northeastern portions of minnesota as well as northwestern wisconsin, this is where we have the snow. all of the rain pushing in for you voters around midday, so watch for that into chicagoland. right now as we zero in, you can also notice there are quite a few icy spots right now. certainly projected off to the northeast of minneapolis. we'll take you a little bit further south, of course florida one of our swing states. and getting messier by the minute across sections of north florida and you can clearly see that that rainfall will make impacts for many of you across sections of the southeast including georgia and into the carolinas. some showery weather also for those of you in the northwest. in terms of tracking the storm system, the nor'easter that we've been talking about, this has clearly been on everyone's mind and we know how
breaking news right now. the new york city marathon is officially canceled. superstorm sandy wreaked destruction throughout the new york city area. all this time mayor bloomberg is insisting the marathon would go on as planned this sunday but now, the mayor confirms, the marathon will be canceled after all. he just did it. joining me now in a fox business exclusive is famed marathoner, bart yasso, the chief running officer with "runners world". give me reaction to this news? >> yeah, you know i'm shocked. when i came into the city, left my home in pennsylvania where we didn't have any power, when i got here, i listened to the mayor's press conference and he said the race was on and, you know, it wasn't going to affect, they weren't going to take any resource from people that need help devastated by sandy, so i supported his decision knowing that. melissa: he was on earlier today. he was on the air and he came out and at time it was 1:00 this afrnoon eastern time and he insisted that it was going to continue even though there was so much pressure. the front of every paper today showin
from superstorm sandy. we've got a little bit of snow, lake-effect snow into the eastern great lakes. some of the snowfall totals could be 6 to 12 inches. but essentially north of interstate 90 line from watertown to syracuse, back over a little bit further towards the east. however for new york city, staten island, and for atlantic city, places like boston, generally speaking, we're starting out as rain, and maybe a rain/snow mix. and then we're looking at it changing over to all rain. well, the frontal system is making its way towards the eastern seaboard, computer models probably overdoing the snowfall just a little bit. i think if anything, a half inch or an inch. but we're not looking at big, sick amounts. however quite a different story back across texas into louisiana and arkansas, with a chance for some hail. strong winds. and possibility of some tornadoes going into the afternoon. this is going to be an afternoon event, and the rest is just slight across this region. in new york, those readings will be in the 40s today. but for new york city, on tuesday, only into the 30s. a
christie says the damage from superstorm sandy will cost his state at least $29 billion. the figure includes damage to personal property, businesses, and infrastructure and could climb in the weeks ahead. meanwhile, today, new york city is ending gas rationing that started after sandy. most gas stations in the city are now up and running. >>> iran is accusing the u.s. navy of carrying out illegal and provocative acts in the persian gulf. in letters to the united nations, iran says the navy repeatedly violated its air space. the iranian ambassador claims u.s. jets and drones have flown over the country, disregarding radio warnings. >>> the young pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt by the taliban may not be going back to pakistan. 15-year-old malala yousufzai, who was shot in the head for speaking out for girls' education, could make britain her permanent home. she's being treated in a hospital there. and her father is considering a job at the pakistani consulate. >>> and finally this morning, the white house is getting in the christmas spirit. first lady michelle oba
. in the aftermath of hurricane sandy, congress can't ignore the near bankrupt flood insurance program. while we fix the short-term problems, however, let's make it more effective, efficient and actuarially sound so that it will spare lives, property and the federal treasury. overhauling the flood insurance program would solve the most immediate challenges caused by extreme weather events likely due to global warming. we may even be able to discuss climate change in a more thoughtful and rational way. based on work i've done in the past with congressman ryan and jeff flake, i know agriculture reform is a ripe opportunity. taxpayers cannot afford to lavish unnecessary subsidies on large agri business while harming the environment and shortchanging small farmers and ranchers. surely, tea party republicans and members of the progressive caucus can come together to improve nutrition, wildlife habitat, hunting and fishing while strengthening family farms. and since big bird dodged a bullet during the presidential campaign, maybe it's time to address the vital role that the federal support for public broa
-span.org. new jersey suffered some worst damage from hurricane sandy. today, president obama visited the state with governor chris christie and spoke about the federal government's response to the disaster. this is 15 minutes. >> i promise, you are going to be ok. we are going to get this whole thing set up. this is the owner of the marines arrive here. i want to make sure that she knows -- the owner of a marina right here. how long have you had the marina? since 1996? nothing like this has ever happened. well, we will get it done, i promise. we are going to see what we can do. we will try to work through, obviously folks' homes, making sure the power is back on, making sure the streets are clear and all the debris is gone. we want to make sure the small businesses are up and running. is the head of emergency management. he knows what to do. [indiscernible] the other thing is, i know there is a lot of aqua culture here. we will work with the governor's team and work to get everything back and deal with some of the other challenges we have got. [indiscernible] this is something that we know we
needs in this nation. >> host: do you foresee a hearing on sandy and its affect? >> guest: i anticipate -- i'm not sure if it would be necessarily at the federal level. but i know in terms of this -- i'm pretty confident that there will be some assessment. normally on a state-by-state level. again, looking at and evaluating and making pronouncements is what we can do better. there will be hearings. i'm not sure if it will escalate to the federal level. >> host: thank you, mignon cyburn and paul kirby. this is the tremont on c-span2. "communicators" on c-span2. .. >> on the aid of the 2012 election former u.s. representatives talked about competitive u.s. house and senate races around the country. panels includes former representative former chairs of the republican, democratic national committees. from the bipartisan policy center in washington, this is an hour and 20 minutes. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> why don't we go ahead and begin. good morning everybody. i and a senior fellow at the bipartisan policy center and more relevant a former member of congress f
are still recovering from hurricane sandy, tradition is being maintained as the macy's thanksgiving day parade stops off in manhattan. and for many large retailers from the traditional black friday is a starting later today. some of the latest headlines on c-span radio. >> you career officers, you disch -- changed this army. go and find your soldiers. do not find them in the villages and towns of america. and we did that. and over about five or six years recruited an absolutely splendid force of young men and women more willing to serve their country as volunteers, and they had the same tradition, the same culture, the same loyalty and dedication as any other generation of americans. and they proved themselves in the gulf war, the panama invasion. it proved themselves in the past 10 years and iraq and afghanistan. but the theme we have to keep in mind is something that president lincoln said. to care for those who are born to battle. to care. that means never forget that they are carrying the american spirit, they are carrying the american traditions with them. and when it injured, when
then is, was this about the president's performance in dealing with hurricane sandy. there was a lot of speculation how this may have changed the race. governor romney was making a pitch saying i am bipartisan guy that can get things done. the storm came along, president was able to show that he could be effective and how in working with republican governor of new jersey will have to do a little more reporting but for that 9% that may have played a little bit of a role. scott john, thank you. norah, do you think sandy was a helpful octor surprise for the president? >> it appears based on some of the data that it may have been. once number of republicans hear that they're going to be angry at new jersey governor chris christie who some felt helped the president. other people said, these guys were doing their job for a lot of people who were really hurting, who lost their homes, lost their electricity for many people who died as a result of hurricane sandy. chris christie was effusive in his praise of the president. one point even praising the president for calling him and putting bru
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